Fantasy Football TE Rankings 2020: The best tight ends to draft Sleepers: What to Know

Ranking Player 1 Travis Kelce ChiefsThis is a simple article. Kelce was the TE1 for four of the five previous seasons. Kelce was TE1 in four of the five seasons (and No. It wouldn’t surprise me if this happened again in 2017. 2 George Kittle 49ersIn standard leagues, Kittle is preferable to Waller. The difference between the two is due to his elite yards after contact skills (YAC). YAC is particularly important for non-PPR. 3. Darren Waller, Raiders.Although Kelce and Kittle rank just below Waller, Kelce has one advantage over them: He is the No. He is the No. 1 choice for Las Vegas. There is no Tyreek Hill or Brandon Aiyuk for him to match up with. In 2020, his 146 targets were the most important. 4. Mark Andrews, Ravens.Andrews was ranked at 10.19 above all the other tight ends of aDot (average target depth) This is his strength when playing standard formats. In an offense lacking big-bodied deep threats, he’s a tight and big-playing end. Rashod Bateman’s addition may limit his ability to target deep, but it will allow him to focus on other parts of the field. He must also keep his red zone success. 5. Kyle Pitts, FalconsMany fantasy players are pushing for Pitts’ elevation to the top three or four TEs. The struggle of rookie tight ends is well-documented. Rob Gronkowski’s 2010 rookie fantasy season was the best. He had 114.6 fantasy point in standard formats. Gronkowski’s fantasy production was more than half due to his 10 receiving touchdowns. If Pitts doesn’t reach that level of touchdowns, he will likely be in the TE4-10 range. To put it another way, Pitts will need to repeat the most tight rookie season to be among the elite. He is ranked No. He’s a remarkable rookie, and 5 is quite impressive. But don’t be surprised if he doesn’t make it to the top tier. Sure, he’s quite literallyExpectedTo be an All-Pro star at this position in the future, but not too obsessed with him in his first year. 6. T.J. Hockenson Lions.In his second season, Hockenson displayed glimpses of a bright future. Matthew Stafford’s offense made Hockenson a magnet for targets. He was ranked No. He finished at the No. 5 spot in tight ends, despite being 10th in target percentage (18 percent). He’s the Lions only pass-catcher who is a respectable player this year. All of Detroit’s top wideouts were lost, including Kenny Golladay (and Marvin Jones). The team has been in rebuild mode since 2020, when they lost 2,063 offensive snaps by wide receivers. Hockenson is a target phenom again. Target share shouldn’t be a concern for anyone, including Tyrell Williams, Quintez Cephus and Breshad Perriman. Hockenson could have 101 targets, but it would be closer to 150 with all of the targets lost in Detroit. Jared Goff, however, isn’t the perfect example of consistency. 7. Noah Fant, Broncos.Fant is the buzzword in 2021. Fant may have the best physical profile among tight ends in the league with his height of 6-4, weight of 250 pounds and speed (4.55 40-yard dash), closely matching Derrick Henry’s. In total YAC (381), he was behind Waller and Kelce, even though he wasn’t near them on targets. Fant could be a breakout year-three player if Denver has better quarterback play. 8. Tyler Higbee (Rams).Higbee season officially begins in 2021. Matthew Stafford arrives in LA as Gerald Everett departs, setting up Higbee for greater consistency. After an exciting end to 2019, he was listed as a fantasy sleeping horse before the 2020 season started. Higbee scored 23.4 fantasy points last week in Week 3. In the following 13 games, Higbee failed to record more than six points. Higbee is expected to command a lot more than the 11.3 percent target share last year with Everett heading to Seattle. 9 Dallas Goedert, Eagles.Zach Ertz has lost his battle in Philadelphia and Zach Goedert will now take full control of the tight-end position. It doesn’t matter if Ertz is traded, but it’s Goedert’s job. Jalen Hurts accuracy problems have been documented. But what better way to complete easy tasks than using a tight-end security blanket? Goedert was a tight-end ‘co-starter’ in 2020 and commanded 16.7 percent target share, which is seventh among tight ends. Philadelphia is still without any pass-catchers, even with DeVonta Smith’s addition. This should ensure that Goedert’s target share remains below 20%. He is the No. He should have his best season as the No. 10 Mike Gesicki, Dolphins.Gesicki came in at No. In 2020, Gesicki ranked 6th among tight ends. With Miami’s new offensive arsenal, and addition of Hunter Long (rookie tight end), a regression is possible in 2021. Gesicki had a 16.3% target share with an ineffective group. He will likely drop below that number. Ryan Fitzpatrick was his most successful coach, and he had two of the best performances. Gesicki is still a viable fantasy option due to his versatility (2nd among slot snaps with tight ends) and 25% red zone target share (25 percent). 11 Logan Thomas WashingtonThomas, a great example of a tight-end emerging from nothing to place within the top 10, was 2020. Amazingly, Thomas, a QB-turned-TE, ranked third in tight ends with 110. With a grueling Washington passing attack, he did it. Thomas will see another rush of targets with Ryan Fitzpatrick as QB1. This should help him improve upon his 7.02 rating. 12 Robert Tonyan Jr., Packers.Last season, Tonyan was 24th among tight ends in terms of targets. He did catch 88 percent. It’s unlikely that this kind of speed will ever happen again, so it is realistically impossible to predict. His goal is to become a more middle-of the-pack player, rather than a tight end in the top three. Tonyan, even though Aaron Rodgers will be the Green Bay quarterback, will remain one of Rodgers’ trusted targets in red zone. Tonyan landed seven touchdowns on 10-of-11 targets in the red zone. We hope that this trend will continue. Expect Tonyan’s fall in rankings if Jordan Love is at the helm. 13 Jonnu Smith and PatriotsSmith entered 2020 with much hype. He was a top-10 pick in the standard leagues but was heavily dependent on touchdowns for his fantasy points (48 percent). The Patriots will have Hunter Henry and Smith as tight ends, but it is not clear if Smith will replace Hunter Henry or will they share a similar amount of the football. Smith’s lack of talent as a WR in New England is a positive sign. The tight-end tandem could be the best option. Mac Jones will likely take the reins at some time, as tight ends are often a safety blanket for younger QBs. 14 Irv Smith, Jr. Vikings.After a long and successful career with the Vikings, Kyle Rudolph has been released. Smith was a promising player last season, with his 30 catches on 43 targets for 336 yards and five touchdowns. Rudolph was let go by the Vikings because they were comfortable with Smith. There are many targets available in 2021, aside from Adam Theilen and Justin Jefferson. Smith is more of a wide receiver than a tight end, and can be used at many positions within the offense. 15 Hunter Henry, PatriotsHenry Smith and Jonnu Smith are ranked very similar. Both have the potential to become top-tier weapons in this offensive, as we’ve already mentioned. Each of them were tied for third in NFL tight ends salaries at $12.5 million each. You can therefore expect them all to get plenty of play. 16 Blake Jarwin, Cowboys.Jarwin could be the Cowboys’ TE16 leader in a highly-powered offense. This may seem contradictory given all of the Dallas mouths, but Jarwin will have plenty of scoring and targets to choose from in an offensive that is high volume. Jarwin’s backup Dalton Schultz was ninth in the TEs for targets (89), while Jarwin filled in. 17 Jared Cook, Chargers.Cook has a reputation for being reliable in tight end. Cook isn’t as strong at tight end, but he’s ready to partner with a young quarterback. He was fourth in tight end average target distance (11.1) in 2020, even though he played with Drew Brees in New Orleans and Taysom HILL in New Orleans. 18 Rob Gronkowski (Buccaneers).Gronkowski can achieve anything from fantasy irrelevance to top-five close end. It’s possible for Gronkowski to get back to his prime Gronk form with another year of rust. Although the odds seem against him, he started to heat up towards the end of last season, scoring twice in Super Bowl. His red-zone knowledge will be a strong fantasy asset this season, regardless of how much volume he receives. He was T-10th with 21 red-zone targets in last year’s Super Bowl. His value may come down to the amount of O.J. Howard returns to the game after missing twelve games due to a torn Achilles. Howard could be even more valuable if the Bucs continue to view him as their TE of future. 19. Giants Evan EngramEngram, after a fantasy tight season that saw him finish in the top five as a rookie has fallen flat. Engram hasn’t ranked in the top 10 for the past two seasons, finishing at TE19. Engram’s chances of being a successful player will decrease with Saquon Barkely returning and Kenny Golladay and KadariusToney joining the offensive. Engram’s elite talent at this position is the only thing that can make it elite. 20 Anthony Firkser, Titans.Firkser is a key player for the Titans’ star-studded offense of 2021. Firkser is a true pro and just recently has the chance to play the Tennessee tight end. ranked Firkser No. Firkser ranked 2 in the “hog rate” category at 18.3 percent, one place ahead of Travis Kelce. The hog rate is the number of targets per snap. Firkser was able to see a target in 18.3 percent or more of his offensive snaps. This shows Ryan Tannehill that he trusted Firkser when he was on the field. 21 Bears, Cole KmetKmet will be taking over from Jimmy Graham as TE1 for the Bears. Kmet saw 44 targets last year, but he was fourth in the true catch rate of 94 percent. True catch rate measures the number of total receptions divided by the number of targetable. The passing volume is likely to increase with Justin Fields and Andy Dalton on the field. 22 Zach Ertz, Eagles.Ertz could be a wildcard, since rumors have been swirling that he will be traded prior to the start of the season. If that happens, landing a spot is crucial. His track record shows that Ertz can at most be a fantasy-relevant tightend. Ertz was among the top tight ends at this position from 2017 to ’19. In those three seasons, he finished in the top five. A trade with a team that needs tight ends could be a good option. 23 O.J. Howard, Buccaneers.Rob Gronkowski. 24 Eric Ebron, Steelers. Ebron was disappointed in last year’s draft despite having consistently high targets. With the Steelers stacked at WR, adding RB Najee Davidnport and TE Pat Freiermuth to the draft, it doesn’t look like things will get better. However, the targets offer him some upside in PPR leagues. 25 Austin Hooper and BrownsHooper failed to impress among tight ends in 2020. From TE7 in the last season, he dropped to TE22 with Atlanta. This is not surprising. The Browns tried 501 passes in ’20. This was fifth-fewest. Comparing that with the 684 passes attempted by the Atlanta passing attack in ’19, it is clear that the volume of passing simply doesn’t compare. Hooper will not see another significant workload unless the Browns make a random pass-happy move. 26 Adam Trautman, Saints.Trautman entered the league as a promising prospect with a lot of production. He accumulated 3,000 receiving yards at Dayton during his college years. Trautman is a fascinating deep sleeper, as he has targets available in New Orleans’ offense. 27 Gerald Everett SeahawksPass-catchers will find it beneficial to play with Russell Wilson. There hasn’t been much production at Seattle’s tight end. Everett, Wilson’s most athletic tight end, is not guaranteed to produce much volume until we see it. 28 Hayden Hurst, Falcons.Hurst’s ceiling, for obvious reasons (Kyle Pitts), is extremely low. Atlanta is likely to be a large-volume pass attack, with many negative game scripts. Hurst may still be a part of the offense if Pitts is used as a WR for a large number of Falcons formations, which could happen. 29 Dawson Knox, Bills. 30 Bears, Jimmy Graham 31 Ian Thomas, Panthers 32 Giants Kyle Rudolph 33 Chris Herndon Jets 34 Jack Doyle, Colts 35 Pat Freiermuth, Steelers 36 Jordan Akins, Texans 37 Seahawks, Will You Dissly? 38 Albert Okwuegbunam, Broncos 39 Dan Arnold, Panthers 40 Nick Vannett, Saints 41 C.J. Uzomah, Bengals 42 Mo Alie-Cox, Colts 43 Dalton Schultz, Cowboys 44 David Njoku, Browns 45 Nick Boyle, Ravens 46 Luke Farrell Jaguars 47 Maxx Williams, Cardinals 48 Harrison Bryant, Browns 49 Drew Sample, Bengals 50 Tyler Conklin, Vikings

Publiated at Thu 22 July 2021 21.24:50 +0000

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